National Grandparents Day - Celebrate on the Commander in Rockland County, NY
Did you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is Grandparents Day? I'm a grandmother of 20+ grandchildren and had no idea that there was a day honoring me.
Marian McQuade was the founder of National Grandparents Day. She and her husband the parents of 15 children and the grandparents of over 40, began a campaign to set aside a day for grandparents. She hoped the day would have a threefold purpose:
- To honor grandparents
- To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children.
- To help make children aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
Thru her efforts, Grandparents Day was declared a national holiday by President Jimmy Carter in 1978
Grandparents Day was meant to be a family day. Use it to create some of your own family traditions centered around the seniors in your family. Celebrate by holding a family reunion or just a family gathering promoting inter-generational interaction. Cash in on the wisdom, knowledge and history of those seniors in your life and promote a spirit of love and respect for your elders, in your children. There are many, many elderly not fortunate enough to have family nearby; if you can, why not adopt one as a foster grandparent and include them in your plans.
For those of you in Rockland County, you might want to join the Grandparents Day Cruise on the Commander Boat. It's a two hour cruise sailing north from West Haverstraw past Stony Point Lighthouse, Tomkins Cove and Peekskill, before turning at Bear Mountain Bridge and sailing back to Haverstraw Marina. There's a craft activity planned for children and a $5 discount to seniors who bring a grandchild.
The boat sails at 1:30 PM and the cruise is for all ages. Adults $18, Children $14, seniors $16. For more about the commander cruise call 845-534-7245.
Whatever you choose to do to celebrate the grands in your life, have a grand Grandparents Day!!